DIY: Diamond Friendship Bracelets

The diamond friendship bracelet seems so much trickier than it actually is.  I don’t know why I put off learning it for so long (last week,) but now I can’t stop making them.  As with everything, practice makes perfect, but if you spend an afternoon perfecting your craft, you’ll soon be making them with your eyes closed.  And once you perfect the six strand bracelet, you can move along to thicker bracelets.  (I made the pink + white one below using eight strands – 6 white and 2 pink!)

{Also pictured:  DIY Chain Friendship Bracelet and Gorjana Evil Eye.}

Just two caveats before we dive in – I’d recommend that you first be well versed in the chevron bracelet, (Honestly WTF did a really thorough tutorial,) and that you pay close attention when I explain the difference between a right knot and a left knot.

materials

Materials:  Safety Pin // Pillow // Embroidery Floss // Scissors

1.  Cut off three strands of embroidery floss; 72 inches long.  Fold in half, and tie a knot.  // 2.  Pin your strands to your pillow.  // 3.  Neatly separate all of your strands.  The color that you want to be the border color should be in the middle.  // 4.  Tie a left knot with the center strands.  To tie a leftt knot, you essentially make a four with your embroidery floss, crossing the strand on the left over the strand on the right and looping it through.  For every knot, you actually knot the strands twice.

5.  Your bracelet will look like this.  // 6.   Move along to the right side of your bracelet, tying a left knot over the next color of floss.  // 7.  Then, tie a left knot over the third color of floss.  // 8.  It will look like this.

9.  Next, you’ll move along to the right side, tying a right knot with the first color over the second color.  A right knot is basically the reverse of the left knot… you make a “P” shape, crossing the right strand over the left.  // 10.  Then, tie a right know with the first color over the third color.  // 11.  It will look like this.  // 12.  Next, tie a left knot with the new center strands, using the second color.

13.  Tie a left knot with the second color, over the third color.  // 14.  Move to the opposite side and tie a right knot with the second color, over the third color.  Then, take the two strands of the second color, and tie a left knot.  // 15.  Starting at the edge of the bracelet on the elft side, tie two left knots using the first color.  // 16.  Move to the right side and tie two right knots, suing the first color.

17.  Take the two strands of the first color, and tie a left knot.  // 18.  You’ve made your first diamond… it will look like this.  // 19.  Move over to the left side.  Take your third color, and tie one right knot, using your third color.  // 20.  Move over to the right side, and tie a left knot using the third color.  You’ve completed the sequence.

21.  Continue making diamonds, following the above steps.  // 22.  It will look like this!  // 23.  When you have braided the desired length, separate your strands.  // 24.  Braid the ends, and you are done!

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  1. i want oonnneeee. 

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      You have one now!

  2. AvgGirlsGuide says 7.9.12

    Sooo cute! Need to check out the chevron ones as well from Honestly WTF. 

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      Yes you do! It’s such a fun + easy project 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Schneider says 7.9.12

    Ok I am buying some string and reverting back to my swimming days where I braided 10 bracelets in between every race. I never learned the diamond knot, so happy you did the tutorial! 

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      Yay! Do it!!!

  4. Viviana Carmona says 7.9.12

    You are seriously amazingly creative!

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      Aw, thanks Viv!

  5. Thenowstylebook says 7.9.12

    WOW! Thanks for another great DIY! xoxo Elizabeth

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      Thank you Elizabeth! I hope you give it a try!

  6. Paulina Goriot says 7.9.12

    lovely, I think i’m gonna put some small skull in the middle, hopw it works though! 

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      Ooh that sounds like a brilliant idea!

  7. Notyouraveragebeachbum says 7.9.12

    I love these!! While I was mildly distracted by your amazing manicure, I’m definitely going to have to try these.

    http://www.notyouraveragebeachbum.blogspot.com

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      Haha – it’s CND Shellac in Tutti Frutti. Love Shellac, it doesn’t chip and I’m so rough on my hands with all the crafts! I hope you give the bracelet a try, it’s a fun project!

  8. Whitney cosgrave says 7.9.12

    so cute!! thanks for sharing! 

    1. graceatwood says 7.9.12

      I’m glad you liked it, Whitney! I hope you give the project a try!

  9. Anna Liesemeyer says 7.9.12

    Ohh very fun! The colors are fantastic:)

    1. graceatwood says 7.10.12

      So glad you like it, Anna! xx

  10. Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice says 7.9.12

    You have totally brought me back to the good ‘ole days of 10 and 11 when I was the queen of making friendship bracelets! Nothing used to bring me more joy than filling up the plastic containers with supplies. Definitely going to try this.
    Kaitlyn, http://www.blueroomswhitehouses.com

    1. graceatwood says 7.10.12

      Yay! Would love to see a pic of your bracelets if you do it… I miss those days. 🙂

  11. Kristin & Megan says 7.9.12

    So pretty! Your DIYs always make me feel like I could actually pull them off!

    1. graceatwood says 7.10.12

      That’s because you can!! I hope you try it. 🙂

  12. Molliee Martin says 7.9.12

    super fun for summer – love it!

    1. graceatwood says 7.10.12

      Thanks Molliee, I hope you try it!

  13. I used to love doing these when I was younger and I totally need to start again! Such a great DIY Grace!

    1. graceatwood says 7.10.12

      Thanks Liz! I think it’s time for you to break out the embroidery floss again!!!

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  16. you are bringing me back to summer days by the west ford swim & tennis club! i had two embroidery floss kits FULL of thread. too fun!

    1. graceatwood says 7.13.12

      aw, so fun! Time to break them out again!!!

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  18. Morgan S says 7.15.12

    This was easier than it looked! for the first diamon i had it confused and essed up but after that my bracelet came out perfect(: thanks for sharing it!

    1. graceatwood says 7.15.12

      Thanks Morgan! I felt the same exact way – my first few diamonds were a little messy but then it got much easier!!

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  21. I-nieves says 8.19.12

    i would like to know what brand is that floss and whete can i get it. Thank you

    1. graceatwood says 8.20.12

      Of course! The EXACT thread that I used can be found at Hobby Lobby, here: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=187111

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  23. Sweetpea says 10.25.12

    i couldn’t follow  but is so pretty y you could probably sell it

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    You need to explain it better, I didn’t understand at all

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    How do you close it, I mean clasp it? It looks like there are two loops. Maybe Im missing something. Btw, I missed the frindship bracelet craze. I was not really doing much crafting at the time and my daughter was not interested. A friend gave me one once with a butyon on one end that went through the loop. Is that how you close them?

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  30. brandy says 11.2.15

    i still dont get it but they are butifull

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